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IDPH requiring more vaccinations for students attending school

ILLINOIS -- There are new vaccination requirements for all Illinois students.
ILLINOIS -- There are new vaccination requirements for all Illinois students. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs explains what parents will have to do before kids attend school in fall 2015.

Mumps and measles cases are popping up rapidly. The state health department is adding more vaccines to school requirements to curb the problem.

"It's extremely important that parents get their kids vaccinated. It's the only way we're going to rid ourselves of these preventable diseases," said Bill Moran, Illinois Department of Public Health Immunization Chief.

Right now, students at any grade level must have one dose of vaccine for mumps, rubella and chicken pox. In the fall of 2014, they will be required to have two doses of them. And students in District 186 will have less time to meet the new requirements.

"District 186 is that if a student does not have those requirements met by the tenth day of school, 10 days into the school year, then they'll be excluded from school," said Colleen Hulligan, District 186 school nurse.

Nurses also want to remind parents about another requirement that many forget about.

"Those students also need a physical so it's a kindergarten, sixth and ninth and all students new to the district need their physical," said Hulligan.

The goal of all these new guidelines is to keep students healthy. For more information on vaccines and deadlines, parents should call their children's school nurse. Also in the fall 2015, students will need to show proof of having received a meningitis vaccination.
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